Meet the Consultants

CWPD staff
 
Jane Baldwin (she/her/hers)
Jane Baldwin (she/her/hers)
Major: Government and Media Studies

Jane is a Government and Media Studies major from the class of 2022. Her favorite place to write is anywhere that has food nearby— Collins and the Hub are always safe bets. If she's not busy working then she's probably playing basketball, or she might be driving around LA in search of the best pizza this side of NYC (unfortunately it's an impossible task... NYC slices are unbeatable, but she'll take your recs anyway).

 
Gabriel Bendana (he/him/his)
Gabriel Bendana (he/him/his)
Major: PPE and Film Studies

Gabriel is a PPE and Film Studies dual major from the class of 2022. His favorite part of the writing process is the initial and nebulous stage of finding inspiration and vision before the more formal components of a written piece are considered. When he is not at the CWPD you can find him writing and directing films on his own and with the auspices of 5x5 films, a university consortium film club.

 
Alex Broegger (He, Him)
Alex Broegger (He, Him)
Major: Economics

Alex is an economics major from the class of 2024. His favorite part of the writing process is working alongside his peers to gain a fresh perspective on his work. He is an avid soccer player and enjoys talking anything sports related. Alex is half Danish and half Malaysian Chinese currently living in Hong Kong. He has a strong passion for travelling, having visited close to 60 different countries worldwide. He looks forward to working with you.

 
Mariela Centeno (she/her/hers)
Mariela Centeno (she/her/hers)
Major: Economics w/ Data Science sequence

Mariela is an Economics major from the class of 2023. She likes to begin her writing projects with a coffee in one hand while writing down different ideas with different pen colors. When she is not at the CWPD, you can find her going for runs, doing yoga, or watching a Netflix sitcom.

 
Shreya Chatterjee (she/her/hers)
Shreya Chatterjee (she/her/hers)
Major: PPE and Literature

Shreya is a PPE and Literature major in the class of 2022. She also works at the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and is a member of the CMS Women’s Golf team. Shreya loves helping people find the feeling of accomplishment when an argument clicks into place. If you want to find her outside the CWPD, she’s probably reading at the Scripps rose garden or re-watching Pride and Prejudice for the 307th time. Whether you want to work through your paper or discuss the intricacies of Avatar, Shreya is your girl!

 
Angela Chen (she/her)
Angela Chen (she/her)
Major: Literature and History

Angela is a Literature and History dual major from the class of 2024. Her favorite part of the writing process is feeling the clarity of her thoughts slowly emerge and crystallize as she writes out a first draft, but she also enjoys the playful tinkering with language to construct a conclusion that packs the perfect punch. When Angela is not at the CWPD you can find her somewhere introverting and constantly in search of great snacks. She can’t wait to help you lay claim to your own vision and your own words through writing!

 
Claire Chen (she/her)
Claire Chen (she/her)
Major: Economics and Psychology w/ Legal Studies sequence

Claire is a dual Economics and Psychology major with a sequence in Legal Studies from the class of 2023. Her go-to writing or study snack is boba milk tea and coffee with a side of Goldfish crackers. She is from Palo Alto, California but enjoys Socal as much as Norcal. When she is not at the CWPD, you can find her working as a Project Lead at the Claremont Business Group or relaxing on Green Beach with her friends.

 
Jose Chiquito (he/him/his)
Jose Chiquito (he/him/his)
Major: International Relations

Jose is an International Relations major from the class of 2024. His favorite part of the writing process is creating timelines by breaking down assignments into smaller pieces. Jose enjoys listening to podcasts, watching documentaries, and dancing to music. Additionally, he loves to journal and is happy to share with you how to use writing as a decompression exercise!

 
Ana Decky (she/her/hers)
Ana Decky (she/her/hers)
Major: PPE

Annie is a PPE major from the class of 2022. She’s from Yuma, Arizona and as a result cannot function if it’s gloomy out. Her favorite part of the writing process is wrangling topic sentences out of jumbled paragraphs and clarifying the arguments of papers. When she’s not at the CWPD you can find her on the third floor of Honnold trying to power through a reading before class or hogging computer space in Ryal. Ask her about her about each dining hall’s pho and she would be happy to give you a full report!

 
Javier Gonzalez (he/him/his)
Javier Gonzalez (he/him/his)
Major: Government

Javier is a Government major from the class of 2024. His favorite part of the writing process is giving and receiving feedback on drafts, ensuring that the finished product is as polished as it can be! When he’s not working on assignments, you can find him at a coffee shop, scrolling through TikTok, or discovering new music! He can’t wait to meet you and help you with your writing!

 
David Gushue (he/him/his)
David Gushue (he/him/his)
Major: PPE and Literature

David is a Literature and PPE double major in the class of 2022 from Baltimore, MD. His go to writing snack is a bag of Takis washed down with a Mint Yerba Mate. When he's not doing schoolwork or tutoring at the center, you can find him watching sports of all kind, surfing, and curating his many Spotify playlists.

 
María Gutiérrez-Vera (she/they)
María Gutiérrez-Vera (she/they)
Major: Public Policy and American Studies

María is a Public Policy and American Studies major from the class of 2022. Their favorite part of the writing process is doing research and using all of the library databases and resources. When they are not at the CWPD, María likes to make jewelry, curate new playlists, and find new foods to try on Yelp.

 
Cassandra Hernandez (she/her)
Cassandra Hernandez (she/her)
Major: Public Policy

Cassandra is a Public Policy major from the class of 2024. Her favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming and outlining drafts because they help with easing into writing assignments. Besides writing, she also enjoys baking and photography. Whether you want to discuss the perfect peanut butter cookie recipe or work through your writing projects, she would love to meet with you!

 
Leyna Hong (she/her/hers)
Leyna Hong (she/her/hers)
Major: Economics and Philosophy

Leyna is an Economics and Philosophy dual major from the class of 2023. Back on campus, she loved to do all of her writing while sitting at the tables outside of the Hub. She would grab a drink from the Motley, find a table under the sun, and then listen to the relaxing sounds of the water fountains nearby as she wrote. She absolutely loves getting recommendations for podcasts, books, or movies, so please share with her some of your favorites!

 
Courtney Hooks (she/her/hers)
Courtney Hooks (she/her/hers)
Major: Biochemistry

Courtney (‘23) is a Biochemistry major from Los Angeles, CA. Her favorite parts of the writing process are gathering sources to use, and using her thesaurus to find the perfect synonyms to complete her arguments. You can always find her sitting at the tables lining the windows on the top floor of the Honnold/Mudd Library, with a London fog in hand. In her free time, she enjoys taking strolls around the village, and sketching her favorite flowers.

 
Jazmyn Juarez (she/her/hers)
Jazmyn Juarez (she/her/hers)
Major: Molecular Biology and Religious Studies

Jazmyn Juarez is a molecular biology/religious studies dual major from the class of 2022. She believes the key to good writing is to have a great snack nearby (preferably Jolly Ranchers). When she is not at the CWPD, you can find her at home in Norco, a 30 min drive from Claremont, playing with her farm animals and reptiles! She cannot wait to tackle a paper with you, no matter how big, small, or close to a deadline!

 
Maya Kurkhill (she/her/hers)
Maya Kurkhill (she/her/hers)
Major: Government

Maya ’23 is a Government major with a concentration in International Relations. Her favorite nook on campus to write is across the street from Claremont Mckenna’s campus. The Pitzer Grove House, a craftsman style home moved to Pitzer’s campus, matches Maya’s need for coziness and creativity when writing a new short story. Outside of the CWPD, you can find Maya blasting Aminé’s Good for You album and falling off of her skateboard in very public places.

 
David Lee (he/him)
David Lee (he/him)
Major: Economics

David is an Economics major in the class of 2024 from Irvine, California. His favorite part of the writing process is waking up, reading over his word vomit from the previous night, and cutting it apart trying to salvage something. Outside of CWPD, he’s keeping up with football (Pats Nation!) and basketball, catching up on any seasonal shows/anime airing, or reading, anything from fiction to biographies. David’s excited to meet with you and discuss anything from the masterful character development in his favorite shows to the beginning phases of ideation for a paper.

 
Andrea Leibenhaut (she/her/hers)
Andrea Leibenhaut (she/her/hers)
Major: Government and Economics

Andrea is a Government and Economics dual major from the class of 2022. Her favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming essay ideas and talking through possible lines of argumentation. She also enjoys editing an assignment to ensure it is clear, concise, and logically organized. When she is not at the CWPD, you can find her reading in the Cube, talking about politics with friends, or playing ping pong at Roberts.

 
Ava Liao (she/her/hers)
Ava Liao (she/her/hers)
Major: International Relations and Media Studies

Ava is an International Relations and Media Studies major from the class of 2023. She likes to work on writing at the Denison Library's Holbein Room, as well as on the third floor of Kravis. In her free time, Ava enjoys reading medieval history, brushing up on her Latin, and trying to perfect her homemade bubble tea recipe (tips would be appreciated). As a Brit who's spent a gap year travelling around Europe and freelancing in design, she’d love to discuss travel and foreign politics with you!

 
Marcus Lindsey (they/them)
Marcus Lindsey (they/them)
Major: French and Biology w/ Gender and Sexuality Studies sequence

Marcus is a French and Biology major with a sequence in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the class of 2023. Their absolute favorite spot across the 5C’s to write and study is Denison Library, but they also enjoy reading in the Kube. When they are not working, you will probably catch them hanging out with friends or hiking with their dog, Toby. They also love playing in the kitchen and trying new recipes (recommendations are welcome)!

 
Makenna Mahrer (she/her/hers)
Makenna Mahrer (she/her/hers)
Major: Biology and Italian Studies

Makenna is a Biology and Italian Studies dual major from the class of 2023. Her absolute favorite spot to grind out a paper is from a cozy seat in the Cube – especially on a rare rainy day in Claremont. In her free time, she enjoys tackling new baking or cooking challenges and looking for gems among the shelves of local thrift stores. She can also be found on a regular basis strapped into hiking or ski boots, depending on what mountain activity the weather is supporting that day.

 
Tara Mehra (she/her/hers)
Tara Mehra (she/her/hers)
Major: PPE and Government

Tara is studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a dual major in Government, and is part of the class of ‘23. Her favorite part of the writing process is editing; she loves to scrutinize each sentence and make sure that each one is as direct, punchy, and concise as possible. On campus, you might find her on 4th Floor Kravis working for the Rose Institute or SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, or hanging out on Mid Quad lawn.

 
Brooklyn Montgomery (she/her/hers)
Brooklyn Montgomery (she/her/hers)
Major: Government

Brooklyn is a Government major from the class of 2022. Her favorite part about the writing process is successfully converting abstract thought into coherent arguments. She hails from Tucson, Arizona and in her free time can be found reading for fun, losing at chess, or roaming around in her light-up Heelys.

 
Romel Pacheco (he/him/his)
Romel Pacheco (he/him/his)
Major: Economics and Accounting

Romel is an Economics-Accounting major from the class of 2024. His favorite part of the writing process is the refinement and revision of his papers after getting feedback from others. He is from Los Angeles, California, so he loves to drive around and take advantage of the SoCal sun whenever he can. You can always catch him eating and trying new menu items so feel free to send recommendations his way on great food to try!

 
Courtney Reed (she/her/hers)
Courtney Reed (she/her/hers)
Major: PPE

Courtney is a PPE major from the class of 2022. Her favorite place to write is in the window room of Honnold-Mudd library that's directly across the street from Kravis. When she's not at the CWPD you can find her playing Animal Crossing or on TikTok.

 
Giselle Alejandra Reynoso (she/her/hers)
Giselle Alejandra Reynoso (she/her/hers)
Major: Biology and Literature

Giselle is a Biology and Literature major from the class of 2022. She begins writing projects by putting her raw ideas down on paper and color coding them like abstract rainbows. Alongside writing, she enjoys listening to music, caring for her plants, drinking coffee, attending events about anti-racism, and playing with her cat, Sol. She can not wait to meet you!

 
Jason Rhett (he/him/his)
Jason Rhett (he/him/his)
Major: International Relations

Jason is an International Relation’s major in the class of 2024. He usually starts the majority of his writing projects with his notebook, where he will write every single one of his thoughts down. Putting down all of his thoughts on paper helps him visualize them, giving him direction and a baseline for his paper. He enjoys writing personal pieces, along with argumentative papers. Outside of school, Jason frequently plays basketball and has love for all kinds of music.

 
Joaquin Riojas (he/him/his)
Joaquin Riojas (he/him/his)
Major: Economics and Government

Joaquin is an Economics and Government major in the class of 2022. His favorite part of writing is browsing the OED to find the perfect word, all while munching on Fig Newtons and sipping Earl Grey. Outside the CWPD you can find him cycling into the San Gabriel mountains or swimming laps at Axelrood pool with the CMS Swim & Dive team.

 
Toluwani Roberts (she/her/hers)
Toluwani Roberts (she/her/hers)
Major: Africana Studies

Toluwani is an Africana Studies major from Nigeria and New York City, and a member of the class of 2022. She was an Appel fellow her freshman year, a Creative Works Fellow her sophomore year, and is currently a Davis Projects for Peace recipient and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She likes to start her CWPD sessions by asking you what you want to work on, then invites you to read aloud your rough draft while she makes edits and takes notes. (She does not look at your document ahead of time, so you don't need to upload or write in anything when you make your appointment). During your session with Toluwani, she's likely to be sipping on a homemade smoothie, and you might even catch a glimpse of her feline son, Zuzu!

 
Dharkann Sainani (she/her/hers)
Dharkann Sainani (she/her/hers)
Major: Economics and Public Policy

Dharkann is an Economics and Public Policy major from the class of 2022. Her go-to writing snack is hummus with the hub’s jalapeño chips in hand. On the weekends, you can find her at the Claremont Wilderness Trail or watching Simone Biles' latest floor routine. She also enjoys yoga and recommends 'Friday Night Chill' at Roberts!

 
Jensen Steady (he/him/his)
Jensen Steady (he/him/his)
Major: PPE

Jensen is a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major from the class of 2022. His favorite part of the writing process is tightening up a piece of writing after receiving feedback, and being able to feel even better about his final product because of that effort. On campus, he also works at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and loves discussing politics and good movies. In his free time, you can catch Jensen playing Catan, listening to a podcast, or binge-watching The West Wing.

 
Marissa Talcott (she/her/hers)
Marissa Talcott (she/her/hers)
Major: PPE and Spanish

Marissa is a member of the class of 2023 dual majoring in PPE and Spanish. Her favorite part of the writing process is coming up with a thesis and outline, because this makes this makes the rest of the work so much easier! Outside of the CWPD, she enjoys exploring the outdoors in and around Claremont.

 
Nathaniel Worley (he/him/his)
Nathaniel Worley (he/him/his)
Major: Economics

Nathaniel is an Economics major from the class of 2024. His favorite part of the writing process is when he discovers connections that can be made between different ideas. He also enjoys letting his subconscious reveal its thoughts when freely writing, such as when he writes poetry. When he isn’t at the CWPD, you can find him drawing, hiking, or playing an instrument (there are no wrong notes in jazz).

 
Jayson Yasukochi (he/him/his)
Jayson Yasukochi (he/him/his)
Major: Economics and International Relations

Jayson is a International Relations/Economics dual major from the class of 2022. Jayson's favorite spot to work on campus is at Ryal computer lab, where you'll oftentimes find him drinking decaf coffee and munching on pretzels while writing a paper. When he's not at the CWPD, Jayson likes to root for the Clippers and play embarrassingly bad golf.